The Northwestern University Library's policy is to make all of its collections and services accessible to users with disabilities. Call the Library's Public Services Office at 847-491-7632 for more information on access and special services available to NU students, faculty and staff with disabilities.
- General library orientation; book paging at Circulation Desk; renewals by mail or online; and research assistant library cards available
- Accessible spaces for users with mobility impairment, including designated parking for users with mobility impairment at the parking lot north and east of the McCormick Tribune Center and at Seeley G. Mudd Library loading dock; automatic doors; elevator access to all levels; and wheelchair accessible restrooms on all levels of University Library, Seeley G. Mudd Library, and Math Library
- Equipment for users with impaired mobility and/or hearing or visual impairment, including a viewing carrel equipped with closed captioning available (Mitchell Multimedia Center) and Adaptive Technology Lab (in the Music Listening Center on the Deering Library's second level).
- Other services by arrangement through the Public Services Office
Below, view detailed services by location.
University Library and Deering Library
Five designated parking spaces for people with mobility impairment are in the McCormick Tribune Center parking lot (2 spaces in the northwest corner and 3 near the southeast corner).
Entrances and mobility
Automatic doors are located at the north and south sides of the main entrance. Elevators provide access to and from the lobby area, and all levels of the University Library. The Library is a large, carpeted building that requires traveling some distance between departments.
Elevator access to or from Level 2 and Level 3 of Deering Library is available with staff assistance. Ask staff at any service desk to page Library Security for immediate assistance.
A wheelchair, stored in the Circulation Services Department, is available for use within the University Library. Wheelchair accessible restrooms and drinking fountains for users of the University Library and of the adjacent Deering Library are located on all levels of the University Library.
An accessible public telephone with receiver volume control is located at the west end of Level 1, outside the Government Information Department. An accessible electronic typewriter is available in the Periodicals and Newspapers Reading Room on Level 1.
Call the Public Services Office, 847-491-7632 to arrange for general library orientation, special library cards for research assistants, or for other services you may need.
Hardware and software
Located in the Music Listening Center on the second floor of Deering Library, the Adaptive Technology Lab contains of hardware and software for use by individuals with disabilities. Learn about the software available on these and other library computers.
AccessibleNU facilitates general access to assistive computer equipment as well as individual accommodations.
The Circulation Services Department pages books for users with disabilities during all of the hours the department is open. Requests for paging also may be made by telephone, 847-491-7633, or by mail. The latter requests should include the date and time the user will come in to use or check out the books.
Mudd Library is closed for renovation until September 2017. When open, it offers book paging services, accessible entrances, elevators and bathrooms, as well as other equipment.
Entrances and mobility
A ramp at the back of Lunt Hall leads to the first floor where the Math Library is located. There is a wheelchair accessible restroom on the same floor.
Book paging is available upon request at the Circulation Desk. Call the Math Library at 847-491-7627 weekdays for additional information.
The Schaffner Library is located on the second floor of Wieboldt Hall, 339 East Chicago Avenue, on the Chicago Campus. Parking for people with mobility impairment is available at several downtown campus parking facilities. NU students can have their parking stubs validated at Wieboldt Hall for the parking garages at 275 E. Chestnut or the Erie-Ontario D-Lot, Monday-Friday from 4 pm until 10:30 pm and weekends from 7 am to 7 pm Call the Chicago Parking Office 312-503-1103 for more information about parking or call the Schaffner Library at 312-503-8422 for information about accessing the library.
Entrances and mobility
Entry to Schaffner Library can be made through automatic doors located on either the north or south side of Wieboldt Hall at 339 E. Chicago Ave. or 340 E. Superior. Wheelchair accessible restrooms and drinking fountains are on the first floor of Wieboldt Hall. The library is on the second floor, with elevator access via the Chicago Avenue elevator banks. A wheelchair accessible workstation is located in the public computer area of the library.
Book paging is available upon request at the Schaffner Library Front Desk.Back to top